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  • 15 Jun 2021 1:00 PM | Jon Shevelew (Administrator)

    We are so excited to announce the addition of a new TOCPA club chapter.  Brian Vick is the Chapter Director of the new Wilkes-Barre/Scranton chapter.  If you live closer to that area, feel free to change your group affiliation on your profile page.

  • 2 Apr 2021 11:37 AM | Jon Shevelew (Administrator)

    Surprise, surprise!  So once again Tesla beats the street.  The general consensus was that Tesla would deliver about 160k vehicles in the first quarter.  They blew that number away delivering 185k cars.  With all the analysts making noise about how the competition from the new startups and legacy automakers was going to kill Tesla, they have once again proven that their lead in this arena may very well be insurmountable.

    What the analysts fail to recognize is that selling an electric vehicle is not just about the product.  Tesla's investment in charging infrastructure is what makes their cars practical and also makes their leadership in this category a hurdle that few will be able to approach.  Let's face it, you can buy a Mustang Mach E and it actually comes close to be a pretty nice EV, but if I want to jump in that car and drive to Texas or Florida, I now have to wrestle with the continued unreliability of third party charging networks.  Just the thought of that would convince me not to take the car on that trip.

    That being said,  my Mach E becomes useful only for local travel.  So why would I spend $50k on that car when I can spend a few dollars more and have a car that I can jump in and drive anywhere, anytime with no second thoughts.

    With all that, we haven't even talked about the product itself yet.  Tesla's approach to building EV's is very different than what most of the legacy automakers are doing.  Their problem is that they have been building cars a certain way for a hundred years.  They are always going to be mechanically inclined when dealing with design issues.  On the other hand, Tesla doesn't carry that type of baggage around with them.  They started from scratch and designed their cars from the ground up to be electric vehicles.  Tesla isn't just a car manufacturer.  They are a technology company that uses their cars as a hardware platform for their software.  That seamless integration between hardware and software is what makes them unique.  In many ways, this is a philosophy that began with Apple.  Back in the beginning, Microsoft made the decision that they didn't want to be involved with hardware, but strictly wanted to be a software company.  That created a huge problem for them since now their software had to be able to run on multiple hardware platforms.  In order to accommodate that, MS DOS and later Windows would have to sacrifice performance and the quality of the user experience in order to try and be all things to all computers.  Apple elected to only allow their software to run on their hardware platforms and by doing so, they were able to develop a user interface that was completely intuitive.

    Tesla has taken that approach and as a result, their software has created a seamless integration with their hardware (in this case, their cars) which allows them to create a user experience which is second to none.

    Don't get me wrong.  This company has a long way to go.  While their product strategy is brilliant, they still haven't figured out the real meaning of customer support.  Walk in to any Apple store and you get an immediate education on the right way to do things.  There, you have customer education and technical support at your fingertips.  For some reason, Tesla has taken the position that their customers can learn all this stuff on their own.  That will continue to be somewhat of a roadblock for them going forward but I think that at some point they will figure it out.  Sometimes we forget that we are still dealing with a company that is in its infancy.  Baby's all grow up at some point.

  • 15 Mar 2021 12:00 PM | Jon Shevelew (Administrator)

    So I got a CCS1 to Tesla adapter last week.  It's an interesting product and can potentially open up all the other charging networks to our Tesla's.  I am finishing up a video review of the product and will post it here on the website when it's done.

    So I finished some basic testing and the unit works as advertised.  I contacted the company and they will give us a club discount for a group purchase.  Price should be in the $440 range based on the number of folks who order.

    Here is a link to my review:

    CCS1 Adapter Review

  • 15 Mar 2021 11:58 AM | Jon Shevelew (Administrator)

    We have two great events planned for next week.  New Owners Class on the 22nd, and then back by popular demand, the FSD class on the 24th which includes an update on the new FSD beta testing!  Be sure to sign up on the events calendar.

  • 31 Jan 2021 10:47 AM | Jon Shevelew (Administrator)

    After some time and effort, we will be offering our first FSD Boot Camp tomorrow, 2/1.  We already have great enrollment numbers.  Don't forget to join us.

  • 30 Dec 2020 10:38 AM | Jon Shevelew (Administrator)

    We had a wonderful Winter Boot Camp session last night!  We recorded the session (though I missed the first 30 seconds or so) and it is posted under the Resources tab.  Don't miss our next virtual meeting, with Mr. and Mrs. T on tour on January 9th.  Go to the events calendar to sign up!

  • 25 Dec 2020 4:51 PM | Jon Shevelew (Administrator)

    Well it took awhile, but Tesla has finally developed a new owner orientation class for Model 3/Y owners.  These classes will be conducted by the various owners clubs around the world.

    As Tesla's official program Partner in Pennsylvania, we will be conducting these new owner orientations virtually, every Wednesday at 7PM beginning January 13th.  We are so happy to be able to provide these classes for new owners as they pick up their vehicles.  We will be working closely with both the Devon and Wexford Centers to make sure that all new owners have access to the classes.

    As we all know, our cars are amazing but there is so much to learn if we are going to be able to take full advantage of the technology.

  • 18 Dec 2020 12:24 PM | Jon Shevelew (Administrator)

    If you haven't heard of Mr and Mrs T, they are a couple from Switzerland who decided to quit their jobs and do a 40,000 mile EV road trip across four continents.  They have written a book about their adventure called #Recharge, The Ultimate EV Travel Guide (now available in our club store).  We are very excited to be hosting this meeting and it looks like several other Owners Clubs will be joining us for this event on January 9th!!!  Go to our event calendar to register!

  • 17 Dec 2020 1:22 PM | Jon Shevelew (Administrator)

    We had a great Tech Talk last night on FSD. We had two special guests, William Masterson, Program Manager of the Official Owners Club Program for Tesla and Jeff Cadman , VP of the Tesla Owners Club of Maryland (and an FSD beta tester). If you missed it, we recorded the session and it is available for club members under Tech Talks.

    If you haven't registered yet, you don't want to miss the Winter Boot Camp session scheduled for 12/29. You can register for that class also on the tocpa,club website under events.

    If you haven't joined the Official Club yet, now is a great time. Chill Members and up will get a Tesla Discount Code for 20% off in the Tesla Lifestyle and Apparel store. We only have 30 codes left for 2020 so first come first served. These codes expire on 12/31/20. For our current members, your new codes for 2021 should be coming in January and will be placed into your profile on the website.

  • 12 Dec 2020 11:26 AM | Jon Shevelew (Administrator)

    Hey everyone! It's that time of year again!

    Next week, our area will begin to see inclement weather with predictions for freezing rain and snow.

    This should serve as a reminder to check your tires, and react accordingly.

    If you have summer/performance tires, you absolutely should have a plan to switch to either winter tires or all-season tires for the winter driving season.

    Check your tread depth, and consider a rotation if you have uneven wear between your front and back tires. If your wear is uneven from side-to-side or you have "cupping" on your tires, then you may need an alignment.

    While our cars are largely maintenance-free, tires are still a major consumable for any vehicle. Bad tires are one of the leading factors in preventable accidents in poor driving conditions.

    Also this is a good time to make sure your wipers are up to par, and that you have no issues with your car's ability to defrost the windows and mirrors.

    Lastly, be aware of the changes that cold temperatures and poor conditions have on regenerative braking. The cold temperatures, just like high battery state-of-charge, will reduce the strength of your vehicle's regenerative braking, meaning increased natural stopping distance (without hitting the brakes).

    (Barry Robertson's post) In my case, I will be switching from my summer performance tire/wheel set onto my winter tires that reside on my Model 3's aero wheels. I have been watching the weather to make sure we had a good consistent break in temperatures below 40 before doing so - and it seems like next week is the time that will occur for the majority of the Pennsylvania coverage area.

    Please also see Tesla Official Winter Driving Tips: https://www.tesla.com/support/winter-driving-tips

    ALSO - BE SURE TO SIGN UP FOR THE WINTER BOOT CAMP ON 12/29

    https://www.tocpa.club/event-4087057


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